Opponents meet for third time in Goliad Democratic runoff election


April 9, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2010 at 11:09 p.m.

GOLIAD - The third time could be the charm for the Goliad fire chief as he faces long-time commissioner Jerry Rodriguez in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for Precinct 2 commissioner.

The runoff election is Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Alonzo Morales and Rodriguez have met in run offs in the past two primary elections. Rodriguez has won by small margins each time, Morales said.

"It's basically the same thing, same situation, but I never enter a race to lose," said Rodriguez, who has been county commissioner for 20 years.

Morales has not been deterred from running.

"If you want something to happen, you have to get involved," said Morales, who has been involved in the community since a young age.

He participated in Little League as a child. Upon turning 18, he joined the Goliad Fire Department. He is now a team sponsor for Little League.

Morales is a certified water and waste water supervisor for the city of Goliad, drives a bus for Goliad school district and is the owner of a wrecker service.

Rodriguez, who has also been involved in the community as commissioner for 20 years, is self employed and looks to improve Goliad.

"It means everything to me and to my family," said the 59-year-old who hopes to be re-elected.

He had planned to retire, but was asked by supporters to seek another term.

"People called me for one more term and that will put me at 64," said Rodriguez.

Morales hopes he will be able to bring a new perspective to the office.

"I believe it is time for a change in leadership," Morales said in his campaign ads and as he talks to constituents.

The two, however, agree that Goliad is a peaceful and quiet county and would like to keep it as such.

"You can leave your doors unlocked. Everybody is friendly," Morales said.

The winner will not have a Republican opponent in the November General Election.



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